Uganda’s history reimagined through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan in an award-winning debut. In 1750, Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In this ambitious tale of a clan and of a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future

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Historical Novel Socie

07 Aug 2017
8.0
"Much in the novel may be fully accessible only to Ugandans, but the mood the unfamiliar language and references conveys is pure, high-octane humanity. Makumbi combines myth, folklore and spirituality into a major achievement of immersive storytellin ...
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Strange Horizon

07 Aug 2017
9.0
"The real curse of Ham is colonization. The stories of Kintu also embody the deformities of culture and character inflicted by the curse of colonialization." ...
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nevender.com

28 Nov 2015
8.0
"It’s a tale of African mysticism that can easily steal your sleep and leave you pondering on your roots." ...
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Wawa Book Review

17 Nov 2015
"The novel unfolds the name, Kintu, which is the story of many contentions in pre-colonial Uganda, animism, homosexuality, ethnic rivalry, and in the post-colonial, fanaticism, homosexuality, modernism. What is the story of Africa – what is the nam ...
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Africa in Words

12 Nov 2014
"Makumbi does this ingenious thing of giving the most surprising traits to the most surprising characters." ...

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Published:

May 16, 2017

Publisher:

Transit Books

ISBN:

978-1-945-49201-3

Language:

English

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